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Roslin BioCentre
Collaborate to Innovate: Open Innovation workshop for SME's
What is Open Innovation and how can the principles be used in practice by SMEs? Discuss, understand and gain advantages at our workshop on 31 May - 1 June with speakers from UK and Europe.

The two-day workshop is intended for SME's, Knowledge Transfer Professionals and other individuals who are interested in  understanding, adopting and using the principles of Open Innovation.

Date:    31 May - 1 June 
Venue: BioCity Scotland,  state-of-the-art bioscience and healthcare facility located  in the heart of the Central Belt of Scotland

Open Innovation, to acquire new ideas and exploit non-core technology, has been widely documented for large organisations however principles relating to Small to Medium Enterprises is less well understood.  The workshop will draw on examples from within Scotland across the UK and from Europe to look at how Open Innovation principles can be applied to smaller companies, how bigger companies integrate innovation into their business models, how Intellectual Property ‘fits’ into Open Innovation paradigms and how SMEs can use Open Innovation intermediaties to find help and new technologies.

SMEs attending this workshop will

  • have a better understanding of what is meant by Open Innovation
  • how they can apply Open Innovation to their business models
  • understand how large companies apply the principles of Open Innovation to product development
  • learn from contemporaries how Open Innovation has been useful to their business
  • understand how to use Intellectual Property in Open Innovation and the views in Scotland about how SMEs can access IP arising from publically funded research
  • understand the role of Open Innovation intermediaries

At the end of the workshop, delegates should better understand in what way the emerging Open Innovation Paradigm could be of relevance for SMEs in Scotland particularly, but not exclusively, those in the Life Science domain.

For full details of the programme, list of speakers and registration please click here


The workshop is organised by Roslin BioCentre in association with the City of Edinburgh Council Open Innovation Project. The project is funded by the European Union Interreg IVB NWE Programme.  This programme provides partial funding for transnational projects in the  North West European Co-operation Zone over the period 2007-2013.  The priority areas for the programme are :  Innovation; Environmental challenges; Connectivity, and: Promoting strong and prosperous communities. The NWE Zone includes:  France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg, Germany, United Kingdom, Ireland and Switzerland.

For further information contact
Patrick McCarthy

Wednesday 18th April 2012

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